Bangkaru Island Hidden Treasures: Save Bangkaru’s Critically Endangered Bird Species

ASAP Species Conservation Grants

  The challenge Indonesia has the highest number Critically Endangered bird species in Southeast Asia due to widespread habitat destruction and poaching for the pet trade. Nias Hill Myna is heavily targeted by hunting and unsustainable trapping which has led to significant population decline. As Silvery Pigeon is not a songbird, it has not been heavily impacted by the Asian Songbird Crisis. The main threat to the species is habitat destruction. Bangkaru island is a crucial location for the future…

Preliminary study into the ecologies and conservation of five critically endangered frog and lizard species endemic to the Cameron Highlands cloud forest of Peninsular Malaysia

ASAP Species Conservation Grants

  The challenge Cloud forests such as at Cameron Highlands in Peninsular Malaysia are important for biodiversity, supporting high levels of endemism. However, they are increasingly threatened by land-use changes and climate change. In addition, chemical pesticide use is high in the agricultural sector and run-off could be affecting amphibians and riparian reptiles. Many montane amphibians and reptiles of Malaysia are found in the habitat of Cameron Highland’s cloud forest, including five Critically Endangered ASAP species. Little is known about…

Conservation of Painted Terrapin Population in Karang Gading Langkat Timur Laut Wildlife Reserves

ASAP Species Conservation Grants

  The challenge Painted Terrapin was once abundant in the area. The population has declined sharply as the eggs of this species are collected and consumed by local people, as well as wildlife like wild boar and lizards. A preliminary nest patrol in February 2019 was only able to save 15 nests and found a further three nests that had been eaten by wildlife. This has shown that while a wild population remains, the numbers are very small. The project…

Local protection of the Philippine Crocodile, Isabela Oriole and Hawksbill Turtle in Community Conserved Areas

ASAP Species Conservation Grants

  The challenge The Northern Sierra Madre mountain range in Northeast Luzon is one of the last wilderness areas of the Philippines with the largest contiguous forest of the country and important coastal and freshwater wetlands. The habitat is home to many threatened species, including three ASAP species: Philippine Crocodile, Isabela Oriole and Hawksbill Turtle. These ASAP species are threatened by hunting, egg poaching, nest destruction and loss and degradation of habitats by agricultural conversion, pollution and destructive fishing. By…

Field study and continued conservation outreach for the Critically Endangered Banggai Crow

ASAP Species Conservation Grants

  The challenge The Banggai Crow was only rediscovered in the 2000s and is likely restricted to Peleng island in the Banggai archipelago. The forests of Peleng island, and the biodiversity they support, are under threat from deforestation and degradation. Since 2004, Mochamad Indrawan of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation has facilitated conservation outreach activities with local indigenous people to reduce hunting and establish community protection through community conserved areas. Today, the total size of the population remains unclear….